El-Zakzaky makes public appearance after 2yrs in DSS detention

Nigeria Shia chief speaks for 1st time since arrest

Nigeria Shia chief speaks for 1st time since arrest

Human rights lawyer Femi Falana has accused the Federal Government of aggravated contempt of Federal High Court over the continuous detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

El-Zakzaky, made his first public appearance at the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday since his detention. That was when his personal doctor was allowed to examine him for the first time in his over two-year detention period.

The lawyer further asked the government to release the El-Zakzakys to their children who have applied to take them overseas for urgent medical treatment, having said it was operating under the rule of law.

Several court judgments calling for El-Zakzaky's release have been rebuffed by the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.

Before I used to be examined by security doctors, this time I did not agree, and my own doctors came to examine me. For instance, 53 of his followers were arrested in Abuja last week Wednesday by the police during their protest. The past few days however witnessed a resurgence of their protests in Abuja following reports of his deteriorating state of health and rumours of his death.

"Clinically he (El-Zakzaky) is not dead yet. I thank God. I am improving", he told journalists.

Falana, in the letter, said that the court ordered the payment for damages caused to the couple and for the provision of temporary accommodation for them "since it was established that the Nigerian Army and the Kaduna State government had burnt and demolished their private residence located at Zaria in Kaduna State".

No fewer than 300 people were said to have been killed in the clash. He's on his feet, he is hale and hearty.

"The fact is, now that they have seen that the man is alive and that nothing happened to him, we want to believe that such persons who ab-initio have planned to take advantage of such situation should desist from every plan or act they may have put in place".

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